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Mission No. 120
751st Bomb Squadron
457th Bomb Group 751st Bomb Squadron
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Mission Narrative

Mission No. 120
Date - September 10, 1944
Target - Gaggenau, Col. with 42-97451
On this, the groups 120th mission, the target was Geggenau, Germany. The 457th put up 36 planes. Over the continent, two planes of the 457th collided. One of the planes, s/n 42-97456, was cut in half and spun on down and crashed. The other plane s/n 42-97451 was very badly damaged and turned back and landed at the base. Two of the crew of this plane bailed out over the continent in friendly terrority and returned to Glatton. On the return route, one plane, s/n 42-32086, flown by Lt Loren G. Hampton, crash landed in France in friendly terrority. One crew of plane, s/n 44-8032, had two engines shot out with one afire. The pilot gave the bailout signal and he and some officers in the front of the plane bailed out. The bailout signal was not working and the men in the rear of the plane did not hear it. The crew Engineer, Sgt David Foltz, took the controls of the plane and flew the plane for an hour and a half till they were over friendly terrority. The rest of the crew then bailed out and were later returned to Glatton. Sgt Foltz received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for his heroic deeds and his injuries.
Plane s/n 42-97456, name "Mighty Little John," and flown by Lt Homer M. Passmore, collided with another plane of the 457th while on the way to the target at Gaggenau. The second plane, s/n 42-97451, piloted by Lt Harold Gay, sustained minor damage and the plane was able to return to the base at Glatton. "Mighty Little John" was cut in half near the waist by the props of the other plane. The front half fell like a "falling leaf" and exploded on impact with the ground. The Navigator bailed out of the nose hatch at about 5000 ft after much difficulty opening the hatch. The tail gunner floated down in the tail section and bailed out at about 16,000 ft. Both parts spiraled down and the navigator and tail gunner where the only two to escape. The crew was as follows:

......... Crew

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 42-97456     
PilotLt Homer M. Passmore   KIA  
CopilotLt Gerald W. Esser   KIA  
NavigatorLt Jerome W. Page -------------- Returned to base   POW
BombardierLt Milton R. Long   KIA  
Aircraft EngineerSgt Herman E. Taylor   KIA  
Radio OperatorSgt Wade J. Monsen   KIA  
Left Waist GunnerSgt James H. Fauls   KIA  
Ball Turret GunnerSgt Elmer H. Abel   KIA  
Tail GunnerSgt Jacob Z. Chimerinsky -------------Returned to base.  POW
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